The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team, coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Dryden Eagles to open the NorWOSSA season last week, bounced back to reach the final of a weekend tournament here.
The black-and-gold played well during the round-robin portion—earning 10 out of a possible 12 points—to place first in their division. That set up a showdown with the second-place Kenora Broncos, who had picked up nine points.
But Kenora prevailed in the best-of-three final, taking the first game 25-22 and then winning the second 25-18 to sweep the match.
On the plus side, the Muskies got big games from starters Mike Anderson, John Sivonen, Evan Woodland, and Jamie Algie during the tournament.
The latter three give the Muskies a strong nucleus of hitters to work around the setting of Anderson.
Meanwhile, the Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team posted a 1-2-2 record to finish tied for third place in their six-team tournament here over the weekend.
The juniors beat the Kenora Broncos but lost to Dryden and Pelican Falls. They also earned ties against Whitefish Bay and Thomas Aquinas (Kenora).
Pelican Falls went on to win the tournament with a victory over Whitefish Bay in the final.
Junior head coach Duane Roen said he was pleased with his team’s performance and said this team should gel into a very formidable unit by season’s end.
This despite the fact the squad has just five returning players on its 15-man roster.
“We weren’t really concerned with winning at the tournament,” Roen said at practice earlier this week. “I was more concerned with getting some players court time and working on positioning.”
Roen pointed to middle players Josh McMahon and Nick Botsford, along with power hitter Billy Jay Whitecrow and setter Jeremy Wilson, as the Muskies’ top players during the tournament.
But what Roen really likes with this year’s team is its size, adding they have a trio of players who should become dominating players at the junior level by season’s end.